Meet Remy LeBeau,or better known as Channing Tatum being cast as the all loveable X-man and Leader of the Thieves Guild, Gambit.
Producer Lauren Shuler Donner spoke about the character at the “X-Men: Days of Future Past” premiere in London.
“He’s a rogue, Channing — he’s a rascal, just like Remy LeBeau. And he can handle the action, we all know that,” she told Total Film. “And he’s got a really good heart … I think he’ll be great for Gambit.”
Donner added, “And he’s a southerner too … he understands that world, and you know Gambit loves New Orleans.”
Tatum is following in the footsteps of Hugh Jackman, who has headlined two standalone “Wolverine” spinoffs, with a third currently set for release in 2017. The critically derided “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (which featured Taylor Kitsch as Gambit) grossed $373 million worldwide, while 2013′s “The Wolverine” drew approximately $415 million and fared better among pundits.
Tatum had previously expressed interest in the role, telling MTV, “Gambit is the only X-Man I’ve ever loved. I mean, I’ve loved them all, they’re all great, but I guess just being from down South; my dad’s from Louisiana, I’m from Mississippi, Alabama, Florida. I don’t know, I just related to him … I would die to play him.”
Donner recently hinted at plans for Gambit and Deadpool (played by Ryan Reynolds in “X-Men Origins”) to star in their own spinoffs, while screenwriter Simon Kinberg expressed desire for Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique to receive a solo outing too.
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” opens in theaters on May 23. A planned sequel, “X-Men: Apocalypse” is scheduled for release on May 27, 2016.
If that isn’t exciting enough, the Days of Future Past writer, Simon Kinburg, said that Fox is considering taking all of our favorite super-heroes from the Marvel Universe and giving them their own live action television shows. He mentioned ‘The Flash’ and ‘Gotham’ TV shows coming out which could be plausible seeing how ‘Arrow’ and ‘Marvels S.H.I.E.L.D.’ fared.